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This undated handout image provided by the Library of Congress shows a letter written by Mary Todd Lincoln to Julia Ann Sprigg, May 29, 1862, which is part of an exhibit at the Library of Congress of letters and diaries saved for 150 years from those who lived through the Civil War that offer a new glimpse at the arguments that split the nation. The Library of Congress holds the largest collection of Civil War documents. It has pulled 200 items from its holdings for a new exhibit to reveal both private and public thoughts from dozens of famous and ordinary citizens who lived in the North and the South. (AP Photo/Library of Congress)

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Seth MacFarlane, TV's "Family Guy" creator, has funded the collection and organization of the work of Carl Sagan for donation to the Library of Congress. (Associated Press)

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Seth MacFarlane, TV's "Family Guy" creator, has funded the collection and organization of the work of Carl Sagan for donation to the Library of Congress. (Associated Press)

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A May 31, 1911, photograph from the Library of Congress shows the hull of the Titanic in dry dock as it is being built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. (Associated Press)

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Posters like this one urged Americans to cooperate with census takers. Results from the 1940 census will be released on April 2, offering a "gold mine" of data on Depression-era America. (Library of Congress via Associated Press)

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"Faulkner and Hemingway: Biography of a Literary Rivalry" at the Library of Congress

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** FILE ** This undated handout photo provided by MGM Home Entertainment and the Library of Congress shows Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter in the 1991 film “Silence of the Lambs,” which was chosen by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the world's largest archive of film, TV and sound recordings. (AP Photo/MGM Home Entertainment, Library of Congress)

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First Lady Lady Bird Johnson (Library of Congress)

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First Lady Dolley Madison (Library of Congress)

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First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln (Library of Congress)

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Exhibit: "I Love Lucy: An American Legend" Lucy Ricardo, America's chocolate-eating foible-prone sweetheart, turned 60 this year. To mark the occasion, the Library of Congress has gathered a veritable treasure trove of mementos, keepsakes, and photos from the years before, during, and after "I Love Lucy" established itself as the sitcom to beat in the 20th century (and after, seeing as syndication deals will likely keep the show on the air long after yours truly has kicked the bucket). Thanks to the Library´s Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Collection, visitors can get a glimpse of scripts, show notes, and off-set photos, and also remnants of Ball's life before (when she was a model and b-list regular in romantic dramas) and after (when she had to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities for having once registered as a communist) the six-season sitcom that came to define her entire existence. To January 28 at the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave SE. Phone: (202) 707-6400. Web: loc.gov

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Musician Harry Connick, Jr. walks past a screen showing the "National Jukebox," at the Library of Congress, in Washington, Tuesday, May 10, 2011, during a ceremony to introduce the new website, which offers more than 10,000 historic sound recordings for free. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Ford's Theatre (Library of Congress)

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** FILE ** Gen. Robert E. Lee (Library of Congress)